CARRIERS: It might be necessary to request more assistance from the navy, say European shipowners in a comment to ShippingWatch after recent incidents involving piracy and hijackings off the coast of Somalia.
BY TOMAS KRISTIANSEN
Events over recent weeks of hijackings and piracy off the coast of Somalia have once again prompted shipowners to raise the question of whether more naval vessels should be sent to the region.
In mid-March a new hijacking happened after several years without notable pirate activity, which had been diminished by a combination of navy forces in the area and a new practice among shipowners, now sailing faster and further from the coast, and additionally recruiting security guards on board as well as installing barbed wire and water canons on the rail.
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